Tam from Rodeo
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Carmel Valley Farm
California painter James Hartman was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1950. He studied art at Meramec College. Hartman then went on to become an Art Director for a publishing company for 14 years, assisting in the design and graphics of a range of publications. Before moving to California in 1983, Hartman lived in Holland for over a year where the work of the Dutch masters and the colorful environs of the landscape inspired him. His work in the Bay Area has included murals, and specialty paint finishes for a variety of clients. Living in the Bay Area has provided Hartman opportunities for further studies in Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University. In the early 1990's he began to paint in earnest, mostly in the plein air style. In his paintings he searches for essential forms in nature, while expressing a personal response. For the last ten years James has painted outdoors and drawn from the model regularly with Terry St. John and Henry Brandon, former students of James Weeks and Richard Diebenkorn. He lists amongst his influences Bonnard, the California Society of Six, and the Bay Area figurative painters David Park, Elmer Bischoff and Richard Diebenkorn. Hartman has participated in numerous shows throughout the Bay Area and his paintings are now included in collections both private and corporate internationally.
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA 1997-1999
Stanford University Palo Alto, CA 1999-2000
2006, Peter Campion Terry St. John - The Pursuit of Form, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 50 pages , Exhibition Catalog
2001, Cynthia Bix Garden Style - Decorating, Sunset Books, 145 pages (color)
2001 Weigand Gallery, Belmont CA
2002-2006 Annually, San Francisco Oddfellows Hall
group show including Paul Wonner, Theophilus Brown and Terry St. John
2004 Group XVI, Nexus Gallery Berkeley, CA
2005 Group Show Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2005 Bay Area Color, Caldwell Art Center, Redwood City, CA, Solo
2008 Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2008 Gallery 25, San Mateo, CA Solo
2008 The Peninsula Regent, San Mateo CA, Solo
2009 Summer Colors, The Studio, Burlingame, CA
2009 The Less is More Show, The Studio, Burlingame, CA
2010 Dunkirk, San Francisco, CA
2011 Dunkirk, San Francisco, CA
2012 Dunkirk, San Francisco, CA
2013 Dunkirk, San Francisco, CA
The Other Guys Bay Area plein air painters 2002- present member
1994 Gentry Magazine "Amazing Remodels"
1994 San Mateo Weekly "San Matean Turns His Work into Art"
1995 San Mateo Times "Tuesday Stitchers Make Life Brighter Everyday"
1995 Health Point "Art for Children in the Hospital"
2000 San Francisco Chronicle "Wherever You Go, There Ewe Are", Heather Knight
2001 Sunset Magazine "Well Appointed Garden Rooms"
2008 Bay Area News Group "Take the Time to View James Hartman Landscapes", Bonny Zanardi, Art Notes
Dunkirk, San Francisco Design Center
|Review of Artist's Work: |
His paintings are intended to have immediate visual impact, to read well from a distance; and then close up to dissolve into a series of brush-strokes clearly and confidently rendered. Knowledge and observation are essential elements of his working practice and to achieve this he spends a large proportion of his time painting on location – on both small and large canvases.